Coors Field Cat is cancer-free, will be returned to ballpark

A text message flashed across my phone screen Thursday night: “GUESS WHO DOES NOT HAVE CANCER?!?!”

The number it came from wasn’t saved in my phone, and a recent text clear-out meant I had no idea who this important message was from. But my heart skipped a beat nonetheless.

I flipped through my brain Rolodex, trying to deduce whose health news I was celebrating, but my question was answered soon enough by a follow-up message.

The Coors Field Cat — not the one that streaked across the field during a Rockies game in April, but the one spotted so often by fans in the stadium that it has its own Twitter account — is officially cancer-free following a recent health scare.

The feral cat, one of a number living in and around the ballpark in Lower Downtown, was captured late last month by local cat lady and kitten fosterer Jenni Leigh, who planned to get the stray feline spayed and return her to her baseball kingdom.

However, when Leigh brought the cat, nicknamed “Socks” by her fans, to its appointment, the vet discovered a tumor and had it tested to determine whether the beloved cat had cancer.

“The most amazing news — the mass is not cancerous,” the vet wrote in an email to Leigh. “It is inflammatory, possibly from an infection… Bottom line it is not cancer! I’m not sure how she got this lucky!!!”

Cleared for good health, Socks is being released outside Coors Field this weekend to continue to dazzle and delight her fans.

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